Drouin Tree Services

Arborist's Reports

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Arborist reports for Development Planning and Council submission  Depending on the stage of your project we can offer a range of arboricultural services to help you achieve the best outcome in regard to obtaining planning approval. Our qualified consulting arborists (minimum AQF level 5) will undertake any project regardless of size, with a professional and understanding approach to our clients’ needs and requirements. Our extensive knowledge and understanding of the planning process in accordance with AS 4970-2009 Protection of Trees on Development Sites allows us to achieve the best possible outcome for all parties concerned. Read More

Arborist Level 5 — The Professional You Need

Healthy trees can live for a considerable number of years while unhealthy ones can become dangerous. So to look after and deal with them properly, you need a qualified person and that invariably means a level 5 arborist. There are many companies about that claim to deal with all types of tree problems. Some of them are unqualified tree loppers, however, and may not have the knowledge, experience or qualifications to deal with trees properly. They may not operate safely and can cause a lot of damage so you should avoid them and hire a professional instead.

What is a Level 5 Arborist?

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 5 is the highest level for an arborist and means that person is fully qualified, highly competent on tree care and has up-to-date knowledge. Such a person can:
  • prune trees correctly and safely so they remain healthy, retain an attractive shape, have less wind resistance and do not present a hazard
  • cut down trees that are dead, hazardous or are causing an obstruction
  • provide advice about the best trees for any situation, how to keep them healthy and the condition of existing trees
  • keep your trees healthy by controlling pests and diseases, improving soil conditions with nutrients, correct watering and the right level of sunlight
  • develop and apply a long-term tree management plan, especially for trees in public places, so they have proper care and maintenance that keeps them healthy
  • write a level 5 arborist report for local authorities covering tree safety, new developments and other matters.

Ensuring Healthy and Safe Trees

Trees can live for a great number of years and be beneficial for everyone, providing they are looked after properly. That’s where a level 5 arborist plays a vital role. At Drouin Tree Services, we employ staff with a wide range of skills and qualifications. Our level 5 arborists are a vital element in our team because they have the knowledge and experience to handle any task related to trees. To retain their qualification, they are required to continue their education every year so they are always up-to-date with the latest techniques and regulations. Trees can be extremely large and heavy so you should not trust their care and safety to an unqualified tree lopper. Aborists can have varying levels of qualification but level 5 is the best and you should always ask for certification before taking anyone on for tree trimming in Gippsland. All our employees have the required level of experience, knowledge and qualifications for the job they do. They’re also fully insured should anything go wrong because we know our arborists can work with heavy machinery and may be cutting large and heavy trees that can cause lots of damage if the work isn’t done properly. We don’t expect problems but we insure against any eventuality. Be assured that when you employ us to care for your trees, they’re in good hands and you and your property will be safeguarded against damage. Our qualified arborists are environmentalists and so are committed to looking after your trees, maintaining their health and only removing them if absolutely necessary. So get in touch to see what we can do for you. Read Less

Our services include:

Preliminary Tree Assessment  Prior to the development design phase, a Preliminary Tree Assessment can be undertaken to assess and report on existing trees, including trees located outside of the subject property that may be impacted by future development. A Preliminary Tree Assessment will identify all trees relevant to the development process and include details on tree species, age, origin, dimensions, health, structure, significance, useful life expectancy, retention value, as well as Tree Protection Zone (TPZ) and Structural Root Zone (SRZ) dimensions. The Preliminary Tree Assessment can identify and recommend strategies to minimise possible conflict that may arise in relation to individual trees which can save a significant amount of time, stress and money later in the design. A Preliminary Tree Assessment may be used to accompany building or sub-division plans submitted to council for approval. Depending on the proposed design the Preliminary Tree Assessment may satisfy the planning requirements sort after by council with no further assessment of the trees required. Tree Assessment & Development Impact Report  Whether it be a large-scale development or a simple addition to the family home, council planners need to ensure that the Australian Standards AS 4970-2009 Protection of Trees on Development Sites, are followed. A qualified arboricultural consultant with a minimum qualification of AQF level 5 may be required to complete a comprehensive arboricultural impact assessment in accordance with council regulations and AS 4970-2009. This level of assessment and reporting requires a good understanding of both construction techniques and tree physiology. This process involves good communication between the consulting arborist and other parties involved in the design and construction of the proposed development. We aim to work through this process with our clients to achieve the best possible outcome while upholding our relationship and reputation within local government agencies. Tree Protection Plans  A detailed tree protection plan may accompany a Tree Assessment & Development Impact Report or may be requested separately. The objective of a Tree Protection Plan is to provide general tree protection and tree care requirements, along with specific and detailed instructions on the best management of protected trees specifically within the development project. Ensuring that retained trees are sufficiently protected and remain viable during, and post development is crucial to the final outcome of the project. The value trees add to the landscape is reflected in higher property values and the adequate protection of significant, protected or neighbouring trees will avoid the possibility of costly fines or disputes. Tree Risk Assessments  Whether you are an owner or manager of a tree population, we can provide the level of tree risk assessment needed to fulfil your requirements. We provide tree risk assessments in a broad range of situations and land uses including;
  • Schools
  • Parks/Gardens
  • Caravan Parks
All of our AQF level 5 arborists have extensive experience as working arborists providing them with a comprehensive understanding of tree defects and failures. This in-depth knowledge gained only through years of firsthand experience within the local area is crucial to the principles of Tree risk assessment. This however is only part of the tree risk assessment process and a thorough understanding of site use, target occupancy and consequence is fundamental to accurately calculating the risk posed by a tree. As registered Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA) users, our arborists provide tree risk assessments following a globally recognised methodology. The QTRA system allows the assessor to calculate a ‘Risk of Harm’ presented by a tree/branch that can then be measured against advisory thresholds. Site Consultation   If you prefer a face to face consultation aimed at providing informative and unbiased advice, our friendly, professional and down to earth arborists can arrange a site meeting to discuss a wide range of tree related matters. For a small fee we can provide invaluable recommendations on how to best manage and carry out tree related works within your property. This will allow you to make an informed decision that will reduce the unnecessary costs associated with poor tree management.
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